Jenny Craig edges out rival Nutrisystem
It can be costly, I choose to pay because of the convenience. For Nutrisystem, you must be enrolled in the premium plan - Nutrisystem "Uniquely Yours" - to be allowed to select frozen meals in addition to the shelf-stable options. Participants are encouraged to visit the center to weigh in periodically. Get Ratings on the go and compare while you shop. Like Nutrisystem's premium "Uniquely Yours" plans, Jenny offers both shelf-stable non-refrigerated and frozen foods. It's the company's most popular option; all of the plan's meals are shelf-stable, which means they don't require refrigeration.
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Like Nutrisystem's premium "Uniquely Yours" plans, Jenny offers both shelf-stable non-refrigerated and frozen foods. Jenny Craig allows members to pick up their food at their local center or opt to have it shipped to their home for an additional charge. The biggest difference between the Jenny "12 Week Trial" and the Jenny Month Premium" plans besides the price tag is the access to private diet consultations. The "Trial" plan offers only 1 phone or online meeting with a Jenny consultant, whereas the "Premium" program gives you unlimited, in-person consultations if you live close enough to a Jenny office to take advantage of this.
Keep in mind that the Jenny "consultant" is not a nutritionist, but mostly a food salesperson for the Jenny products. This plan is a shipment of 28 days worth of shelf-stable food no refrigeration necessary which is chosen for you, which means that you let Nutrisystem pick your meals instead of giving that job to your taste buds believe me, your taste buds would have picked the frozen meals.
Shelf-stable food is very convenient, as it doesn't require space in your freezer. And that's an understatement. You may find that when it comes to shelf-stable food, you'd get more enjoyment from eating the shelf itself.
The second option from Nutrisystem is called "Core" which is the same as the "Basic" plan, except it lets you choose your favorite shelf-stable menu items instead of just having Nutrisystem send you whatever it feels like. This is the only plan that includes your choice of shelf-stable food AND Nutrisystem's better tasting frozen meals 6 per week.
Be warned, if you cancel your auto-delivery on any of these plans after 2 weeks, you'll be charged hefty fees. While on Nutrisystem, dieters are required to cook lunch and dinner for themselves once per week. So grocery shopping is required not only for fruits, veggies, and dairy, but also for low-calorie recipe ingredients. However, this means that for other than the most expensive plans, one-on-one diet support is not offered.
Instead, weight loss tools, articles, and other resources are available via online and mobile apps. For some people, though, the counseling is not important, especially since the counselors are not dietitians or even nutritionists, but Nutrisystem staff whose biggest job is to keep you from dropping out of the program. Most people say that the frozen options taste a lot better, but are obviously more expensive. For Nutrisystem, you must be enrolled in the premium plan - Nutrisystem "Uniquely Yours" - to be allowed to select frozen meals in addition to the shelf-stable options.
Jenny Craig recently combined their Lunch and Dinner menus to allow dieters a wider variety of meals. But Nutrisystem still has Jenny beat when it comes to variety. Nutrisystem has about menu items now available most are of the shelf-stable type , whereas Jenny has around As for nutrition, both companies have tried to keep the calories and sodium content low.
However, Nutrisystem's sodium levels tend to be a little higher on average. Jenny Craig memberships include private consultations with one-on-one meal planning and a toll free number available 24 hours a day. Our tests of a week's worth of food from the companies found that when it came to taste, Jenny Craig edged out Nutrisystem.
But not by a large margin: Jenny Craig's food scored in the high end of the Good range compared with the low end of Good for its rival. To our taste testers, "good" means OK but not great. Our bottom line for taste is that the plans might be worth trying if you're willing to stick with their branded foods. But you can achieve the same portion control with diet meals and entrées from the supermarket freezer case that may be tastier.
We didn't test Weight Watchers foods because they're not a required part of the program and anyone can buy them in grocery stores. Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem give you meal plans that include their branded foods.
The programs have websites where you can track your progress, get tips for diet and exercise, and interact with trained consultants and fellow dieters. With Jenny Craig, you pay a program fee that entitles you to weekly one-on-one counseling by telephone or at a walk-in center. If you want to continue after your initial program runs out whether or not you've lost the weight , you pay an additional fee. You can pick up your food at the center or have it delivered to your home.
Nutrisystem has no walk-in locations but provides optional online and phone support at no additional charge. Food is delivered to your home. It's the company's most popular option; all of the plan's meals are shelf-stable, which means they don't require refrigeration. The meals were a mixture of frozen and shelf-stable items. We didn't evaluate the cost of the home-supplied items on the plans' menus. Therefore, you do need to be minimally computer-literate. Jenny Craig encourages interpersonal involvement via telephone calls and consulting sessions with program representatives at their center; therefore, the dieter does not need many computer skills, but would benefit from being geographically close to one of the centers.
Jenny Craig rated No. Sustainable weight loss must include lifestyle changes to eat healthy foods and increase activity. Calories are a measurement of energy. If you take in more than you burn, you gain weight; eat less than you burn to lose weight. With either program, you will eventually need to eat normal food again so pay attention to the educational opportunities and tools available. Gradual weight loss is the best way to keep the weight off long-term.
Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, reproductive problems, joint pain and respiratory problems. Making changes to lose excess weight is beneficial at any increment; every pound is important.
Keeping the weight off can be very challenging; focus on portion control and activity. Feeling good and looking good are excellent motivations too. To understand the impact of participating in a food delivery diet, figure out your current daily food cost. Include all coffee drinks, vending snacks, meals out and estimated actual cost of portions consumed at home.